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General Information about Family Law

VII.
Adoption
II.
Marriage
A. Public Adoption
A. Traditional
B. Private Adoption
B. Common Law
C. Transracial Adoption
III.
Premarital/Prenuptial Agreement
D.

Intra-national and International Adoption

IV.
Divorce
E. Single Parent Adoption
A. Grounds and Fault
F. Summary of Adoption Procedures
B. Annulment
VIII.
Child Custody and Visitation
V.
Alimony, Spousal Support and Maintenance
IX.
Child Support
VI.
Division of Property
X.
Domestic Violence
A. Equitable Distribution
XI.
Conclusion
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Divorce

A divorce is the termination of a marriage by legal action, requiring a petition or complaint for divorce (or dissolution in some states) by one party. Some states still require at least a minimal showing of fault (grounds), but no-fault divorce is now the rule in which incompatibility is sufficient to grant a divorce. The major issues in divorces are division of property, child custody and support, alimony or maintenance (spousal support), child visitation and attorney’s fees.

Grounds and Fault

The grounds for divorce are set regulations in each state that specify under what circumstances can either party be granted a divorce. A fault divorce is a divorce that takes place on the grounds that one party can be considered at fault. The “innocent” spouse is then granted a divorce from the “guilty” spouse. In Iowa , it is not necessary for fault to be assessed by the court to grant a divorce. To get a divorce one must only prove that the marriage has broken down to the point at which the legitimate objects of matrimony can no longer be retrieved. In practice this only requires one person.

In Illinois , grounds for divorce must be shown, but are not taken into account in the financial settlement of the case. The traditional fault grounds for divorce are adultery, abandonment (desertion), substance abuse and mental cruelty, amongst others.

Annulment

An annulment differs from a divorce as it is a judicial statement that there was never a marriage. An annulment means that the individuals were never united in marriage as husband and wife. Currently, most states have annulment statutes. An annulment declares that a marriage, which appears to be valid, is actually invalid. There are two kinds of invalid marriages. A void marriage is one that was invalid from the very beginning. The major grounds for a void marriage are incest, bigamy and lack of consent. A voidable marriage is one that can be declared illegal but continues as valid until an annulment is sought.

A common misconception is that annulment may be had based on the length of the marriage. In fact, fraud is the most common ground for annulment. The misrepresentation, whether by lies or concealment of the truth, must encompass something directly pertinent to the marriage, such as religion, children or sex, which society considers the foundation of a relationship. Physical or emotional conditions may also be elements for an annulment, especially if they interfere with sexual relations or procreation. Notwithstanding the above, it is generally hard to prove grounds for annulment, in which case divorce can be considered.

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